6 Surprising North London Spots
Written by: Violet Myers
Don’t get us wrong, we love this city, we think it’s pretty ruddy fabulous to be honest, but the average London street can fall into the same dull pattern; newsagents, Chicken Cottage, newsagents, hairdresser, Chicken Cottage. Is it just us or is there a glitch in the Matrix? That’s why we’re so excited to see these surprising spots in North London, from the ‘eh?’ to the ‘what the?!”
Atsuko Kudo – Designer Latex Fetish Fashion
Holloway Road, N7 8JL
Up the street from pun-tastic Piebury Corner and sandwiched between tired looking estate agents lies North London’s kinkiest little secret. Selling high-end latex fashion, from mini dresses to eye patches, Atsuko Kudo caters to every fantasy, as long as it’s tight, shiny and you need a quart of talcum powder to get into it. Despite its modest surroundings the shop is constantly making headlines, boasting celebrity fans such as Daisy Lowe, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian. Kim K’s famous behind was photographed recently testing the limits of a pair of Atsuko Kudo’s latex leggings.
The Loading Bar – Gaming Bar
Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BX
So you’re half way through an eight hour C.O.D marathon, when you realise all that shouting abuse at newbs has left you rather parched. You’re in no mood for Ribena and a beer just won’t cut it, if only you had access to a bespoke, themed cocktail menu. Enter The Loading Bar, a venue packed with games of every genre, including an impressive collection of board games. The menu includes cocktails paying homage to everyone’s favourite games from the Earthworm Gin, Kicked to the Kirby, Assassin’s Meade and Skyrum.
Basement Gallery – Underground Supper Club
South Access Road, Walthamstow
What’s the nicest thing you’ve eaten on the tube? A sneaky mid-morning pack of Hula Hoops? A sad BLT you bought in a hurry at the station? How about a barley, lentil & mushroom ragout with griddled lamb neck and toasted brioche? Really blows those Hula Hoops out of the water, right? The Basement presents Underground Dining, a chance to enjoy a three course meal in a tarted up tube carriage. Menus are inspired by French and Scandinavian cuisine and prices start at £45 per person, we wonder if we get a discount with a railcard?
Cyberdog – Futuristic Rave Fashion
Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH
Any Camden locals will be well aware of this flashy shop, which is peculiarly popular among tourists. The shop stocks all of your raving needs, from silver hot pants, light up shoes, little fish, big fish and a selection of cardboard boxes. But what really makes Cyberdog surprising is the shop itself, the two story building is decked out like the set of Fifth Element, has pulsating lights, pumping music and dancing shop assistants.
North by Northwest Pub – Alfred Hitchcock Themed Pub
New North Road, N1 7BJ
So he may not have been the fittest director to devote your walls to, but no one could deny old Hitch was an icon. Inside this humble pub lies a shrine most fitting to the master of suspense, with floors to ceilings decked out with portraits, stuffed birds, low flying aeroplanes and quotes by the late auteur. The pub is also equipped for table tennis, well if there’s one thing Hitch knew it was ping pong.
Jacksons Lane – Contemporary Circus Venue
Archway Road, N6 5AA
A North London theatre and performance venue offering some of the most weird and wonderful circus shows on offer. We’re talking freaky, bendy, flying around the room craziness, call your mother and tell her you won’t be home for tea, you’re running away with the circus.
All circus images: Paul Rider
Got a supper club, guinea pig cafe, unicorn tears cocktail pop up? Stoke Newington wants it. Luckily a cafe close to Columbia Road has the space you’ve been looking for all along. Probably. Think exposed bricks, boutique lighting and tiled counters, like you’ve just stumbled off a long haul flight and ended up in a trendy Brooklyn coffee house.
“I’m on the veg… of reeeeason” Sang Lady Gaga, whilst cavorting around a staircase in shorts. The very same can be said of Kerb Street Food’s latest event organisers. The amount of quality vegetarian food stalls they’ve gathered together for us is teetering on the unreasonable. It’s not fair on our stomachs, nor on our eyes that are bigger than said stomachs.
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Ever walked past Stokey Town Hall and thought, oh the things I’d do with that space. What would you do exactly, if you had the chance to take over? It’s a question we’ve often asked ourselves. Well now Hackney Council are finally asking us. Residents and business owners in the surrounding areas are being consulted on their draft proposals.
Sadiq Khan’s decision to change London underground announcements from ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ to gender neutral greetings might have seemed like an obvious, positive step in the right direction. Unfortunately the news was met with some resistance and negativity. Some saw it as an attack against gender, deeming it ‘pathetic’, unnecessary and even ‘demeaning’. Presumably that affectionate term, Snowflake was also bandied around for good measure.
I'd had a bad day, so I thought reading the Slimming World magazine while eating a family-sized bag of crisps would help. This was the day I realised London was ridiculous. And it had rubbed off on me. I started out the day wet. Wet in my cute summer dress with a raincoat on top. It was July, pissing it down. But hot, very hot.
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Did you know, the recipe is a relatively new invention? Back in the 80s, a soon-to-be infamous supermodel (sorry but it was blats Naomi Campbell) walked into a bar feeling sleepy and sober and in need of a pick me up. Asking notorious and rakish bartender, Dick Bradsell for something that would “wake me up and fuck me up”, she watched him crack his fingers and deftly shake up the tasty Espressotini we all know and regret ordering today when we look at our bank statements the next morning.
This family run restaurant has been sourcing the best of date night seafood the for the last twenty years, sourcing the finest and freshest fish from their very own fishmongers in Stoke Newington. But not only are they super sustainable, these guys are also super on trend with a signature lobster sub. So you can feel posh and down to earth all at once, stroke your beard then passionately get off with an avocado once you’ve finished cycling home on your fixie.
Have you ever sat in the pub with ol Vick and Charlie and whatsherchops and thought, I’d love to draw a nude right now? No? Well what about a neon nude? Yeeah, now you’re keen! Well luckily that tasty Duke of Wellington pub happens to have just the right set up for a life drawing class. Not to mention a fluorescent one. So that is exactly what they do now. Every other Monday Jylle leaves her superb gin and tonic pouring duties to host Neon Naked.
The last time I checked it was March 18th and I was watching someone drink green beer in a big hat and wondering whatever happened to Boxing Day. But someone has informed me that it is August and we need some kind of plan for the month because all logic has flown out the window and nobody knows what anything means anymore and I can’t remember if I had breakfast yesterday no but thanks for asking. Time for some live music to zone out to and tap along blankly while we gather our thoughts.
Haunting melodies, rich ambience and devilish lyrics: indie folk singer Hazel Iris comes to Stokey all the way from California. Joining her is musician Mally Harpaz on accordion, cello, guitar and even percussion to create a pretty special double bill of musical awesomeness together.
I’m Emmie, I'm 24 and from Newcastle. J'adore le foot. Ou est les piscine? I moved to London 6 months ago because 'it's where all the jobs are'. The above new-life-motto was a graffiti tag I saw in my first few days of London life. Capital R and all. I certainly followed through when, that night, I went to a gig and nipped to the loo... Sitting on the uncomfortably warm seat I looked up to see a club night poster advertising: '4 Jägerbombs for £20!'
Who’s Richard Hunt and what are exciting little gimlets when they’re at home? Take a walk down Stoke Newington High Street this month and you’ll find out. An intriguing new cocktail bar and teahouse has opened, calling itself The Mint Gun Club and offering up a three fold menu of teas, cocktails and pantry style food.
If only there was a club night that could tap into that special pre night out time. Or at least play your taste in music, sometimes on repeat. Imagine! Lucky for you musical homebirds, bi-monthly club night Mammory Tapes intent to do just that at VFD in Stokey. All night long you can expect an all girl playlist and the best of your bedroom beats on the dance floor. So get ready to finally showcase your once unseen pyjama/half ready outfit based choreography.
“He said, I know It’s only arctic roll but I like it like it yes I dooooo” Those are the lyrics right? Well this weekend they certainly are, at Kerb’s Guiltiest Pleasure in Kings Cross featuring an arctic roll of pure indulgence. Over Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July, the street food collective from your wildest dreams are hosting the most indulgent hits from all their pop ups at Granary Square.